After consultation with the Scottish Government and CalMac Ferries Ltd, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), has determined that their vessel, MV Juno, will be sent for recycling in accordance with the UK ship recycling strategy.
MV Juno has been laid up at Rosneath since 22nd April 2007, after delivery of the new Rothesay ferry MV Argyle in April 2007 which meant she was surplus to requirements.
MV Juno was launched on 16th September 1974 at James Lamont and Company yard, Port Glasgow and entered service on the 2nd Dec 1974. The vessel primarily sailed on the Gourock to Dunoon and WemyssBay to Rothesay services, but has also undertaken Clyde Cruises.
The vessel will be recycled under the UK ship recycling strategy, a DEFRA initiative, supported by the Scottish Government, which applies to all vessels above 500 gross tonnes that are owned by the UK Government and its agencies.
The objective of the strategy is to:
- Develop a strategic approach to the recycling of UK-flagged vessels consistent with the UK's national and international sustainable developments commitments.
- Encourage, through provision of guidance, the development of UK capacity for recycling end of life vessels in an environmentally sound manner.
The vessel is in possession of a "Green Passport" issued by Lloyd's Register of Shipping, which contains an inventory of the materials it is constructed from and has on board as part of its outfit. This is designed to assist in ensuring the standards are met.
Equipment and spares, including engine and gearbox parts, much of which is difficult to source, will be removed from the vessel prior to recycling for use on the MV Jupiter and MV Saturn.
A broker will be appointed to identify facilities capable of recycling the vessel to the required environmental, health and safety standards. The vessel will be recycled in accordance with all applicable legislation and with reference to International Maritime Organisation Guidelines on ship recycling.
Notes to Editors
- CMAL own property at piers and harbours at more than 24 locations throughout Scotland and is embarking on a programme of investment and improvements which will create better facilities.
- In addition to its pier and harbour facilities, CMAL owns 31 ferries which are leased to CalMac Ferries Ltd and Cowal Ferries Ltd.
- CMAL is a publicly owned company with Scottish Ministers as the sole shareholder.
For further information contact Elise McDonald, Golley Slater, on 0141 204 7800 / 0131 272 2733 or email elise.mcdonald @golleyslater.co.uk